Help capture the creativity of Durham writers in one literary mobile app.
As part of a weeklong program that brings together Durham Public Schools middle school students and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke adult learners, participants will learn how to record audio and video as well as interview local writers.
The program, “Turning Conversations with Authors into Apps,” pairs up students to create Durham author profiles, which will include a short biography, audio recording of a book passage, and supporting photographs and video clips.
“We are very lucky that Durham is so rich in authors and that Duke has the technology platform to make this venture possible,” said David Stein, the senior educational and PepsiCo program coordinator for the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership and the app program’s organizer. “It’s very exciting to watch how quickly a mobile app like this comes together.”
The program will run April 10 through 14 and is free for both Durham Public Schools middle school students and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute adult learners. Participants will get to meet Durham writers at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, visit the archives in Duke’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, work on the app in the Duke Multimedia Project Studio, and receive training on the Zoom audio recorder and video equipment. No prior technological experience is needed.
The program is supported by the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership and the Duke PepsiCo Educational Technology Program, which works with eight Durham partner schools and connects them to Duke resources. The Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership is part of the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs.
To learn more about the literary app program or to sign up, contact David Stein by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.